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How News About Crime Warps Your Brain

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Focusing on danger increases people’s perceptions of the general danger in their environment,“Fear drives people to seek answers and look for blame to feel safe.” It’s mostly the more unusual and horrific events that get reported precisely because of their novelty. But this has the side effect of making people fear things that for the most part, they don’t need to fear .If you’re not reading about it, you’re not thinking about it, and if you’re not thinking about it, you’re probably less afraid of it. If you’re starting to feel frightened, overwhelmed, and upset about the flood of terrible news overtaking your social media, it’s 100% okay to step away and even take a few days’ break if you can

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I have posted this before., but for those of you who have not seen it, I am posting it again because it is so appropriate in the context of the fear that is being experienced by our people. A stressed frightened citizenry is what the power elite desire. All through history fear is used to manipulate the people. "I can save you," says the charismatic dictator.

I write about UC-- "unintended consequences" of societal changes....things that could not have been predicted, at the time. Here is a bit of background and a look at what is afoot on our stage in this new era...something that puts fear front and center.

"There have been 4 transformative eras in history. Every single one had unintended consequences, including the era when humans decided to stay put. Towns, cities and states grew at the nexus of rivers. Of course they needed protection. Forts and armies, and finally state military.The next transformative era was one of industry. Steam engines, the cotton ginny, led to the growth of manufacturing hubs... and pollution etc...The third was communication technology... beginning with the telegraph and telephone-- where people did not have to live near each other--within 50 miles-- in order to stay in touch. Now they use screens, and are far from home and loved ones.

"But the last transformative era, was one of a NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY-- where images and memes could be passed down by the corporatists states. it only began with television. JFK was the first to use mad-men to sell a politician. The passing down of propaganda is the start of a fascist state. It allowed a visual barrage of violent behavior, so that our children, and our young adults, and our bored young men, are bombarded with images of aggression, where blood and violence solve problems, and where 'evil creatures' must be taken down at any costs... forget the collateral damage.

"Finally, along came that invention that put information technology: -- the internet -- into a place of anarchy-- cyberspace, where mendacity is the rule, and the worst human behaviors are shared over and over and over and over....

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